Grim old train journey this. Dark clouds, huddled travellers. However, heading for the bright lights of Winchester with a song in my heart and a bacon roll in my stomach. My relentless cheerfulness will get them in the end.
A weekend when I finally pressed 'send' on book 2 and of hoping it doesn't come back with a 'see me' attached. I also had to write the acknowledgements in double quick time and I'm now hoping I haven't forgotten anyone. Then it's the dedication. Much angst. The last book was dedicated to child3 so should I do child 2? Child 1? All 3? Maybe wife1. Or Tottenham Hotspur FC. Or the drivetime bloggers maybe...that needs to go today too...too much indecision is not good for you..
Today we welcome the rather clever Michael Morpurgo to Drivetime. One of our best-loved authors and storytellers, he has had over 120 books published, been children's laureate and received the MBE in 2006. Warhorse has been such a huge hit for him-the latest production is wonderful-and Private Peaceful is about to be a movie as well. He has 2 new books out 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Where My Wellies Take Me'; a novel and a poetry anthology respectively. And he's good company too. And we should do STORYTELLER oldies please.
Have a smart and ingenious Monday. See you after 5.

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Sunnyside up Sal

    on 27 Nov 2012 09:51

    Hee, I was right!

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Deebee

    on 27 Nov 2012 09:47

    #104 Waiting patiently for a new blog, Sal...

    ;o)

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by Sunnyside up Sal

    on 27 Nov 2012 09:44

    I know you are there ;)

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  • Comment number 103. Posted by Zoe Bowie Fan

    on 26 Nov 2012 21:47

    Evening All;

    Well done Mandy, and Tickled Lurker for the menshes, and thank you all for the mensh congrats.

    Thanks to Simon and team for playing 'Cat's In The Cradle', I love that song, and it always makes me misty-eyed, I think it's a great interpretation of a father/son relationship. I think Graham Norton runs a regular feature (or used to) about songs that tell a story. I don't get to listen to his Saturday show very often, but I recall hearing 'Summer (The First Time)' by Bobby Goldsboro being played on it.

    Deebee - I think menshes come in fits and starts, I tend to have a couple of weeks without, and then two come along all at once! It's just the way the cookie crumbles, I suppose, although there has been more of a balance between Blog/Facebook/Twitter menshes, which is as it should be, really. I remember when I was a mere muggle, I sometimes got disheartened about the volume of blog menshes in relation to Twitter (not including Facebook back then, as that seemed to be the very poor relation until quite recently) But as you rightly say, it's all for fun, in the end. :-)

    I'm sure my Christmas blog name last year was Zoe Holly-Berry, which I like, but I may go for something more reflective of my thoughts on the festive season this year, like Mrs Scrooge, or Zoe the Grinch! (Incidentally, both characters were mean-spirited to begin with, but they eventually saw the error of their ways...) ;-)

    The only stress I feel about Christmas, is the stress that other people try to put on me. There's the constant barrage of advertising, on TV and elsewhere, then there's the ever present Christmas countdowns, on all social media platforms, plus all the 'Isn't Christmas wonderful and magical' rubbish that people try to peddle to anyone who'll listen. There's the endless loop of Christmas songs (Simon was right btw, it IS too early to be playing them on the radio, wait until December, at the very least) shops have been playing them for weeks already. Let's not forget all the present buying cobblers, which consists of torturing oneself over finding the perfect present for everybody, which they will either, a) already have (and ask for the receipt) b) hate, c) Re-gift or give to a charity shop behind your back, d) be disappointed because they were secretly expecting something else. Finally, there's all the self-inflicted stress, about trying to make Christmas Day perfect, and a magical experience for all the family, when in reality, you will a) forget a vital cooking ingredient, or buy a Turkey too big for the oven etc, b) have a family member who gets drunk and ruins it for everyone else, c) forget to buy a present for someone and have to improvise with a box of biscuits etc, d) have to pretend to like members of your family who you would normally avoid like the plague, e) the kids will fight, and break a toy/gadget, you had to re-mortgage the house to buy for them.

    Sorry about the rant, but I feel better getting all that off my chest, the season of goodwill, indeed! ;-)

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  • Comment number 102. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 26 Nov 2012 20:20

    Well done menshees - I heard Mandy, Zoe and Tickled Lurker tonight.

    I enjoyed the MM interview - wouldn't it be great to have him as your granddad/uncle - family visits would be wonderful!

    I think my Christmas name was Jingly Jennie - I signed off as JJ, anyway - I might try and think of something new this year ;0)

    Have great evenings all - weigh day tomorrow after a 2 week break - the place where we meet was taken over for the local beer festival and we were shunted upstairs. As I can't get up stairs or worse still, down them, I was given a week off, which I'm not sure was such a good idea! Never mind........

    See you tomorrow

    JW

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  • Comment number 101. Posted by AmericaMo

    on 26 Nov 2012 19:15

    Guilty as charged m'lud. A little bit of lurking is about all I can manage right now. Things haven't calmed down quite as I'd hoped.

    Good to see the blog ticking along nicely :-)

    I was Mistletoe Mo last Christmas (I gave you my heart...). Will resurrect it & hope I can blog more frequently. Won't be around for the party sadly. Will be off on my travels by then.

    x

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  • Comment number 100. Posted by Paul Of Sheffield

    on 26 Nov 2012 19:11

    Now, you see. If we'd had Steve Hackett on tonight, instead of tomorrow, we could''ve had "Tales Of The Riverbank". Lovely! Perhaps tomorrow, anyway.

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  • Comment number 99. Posted by Deebee

    on 26 Nov 2012 19:00

    Well done Mandy, Zoe and Tickled Lurker for the menshes! An observation - there seem to be a lot fewer names being read out lately. I'm guessing there is a different NYM/W collating the suggestions. It tends to be one person from each of the blog, FB and Twitter, or sometimes only one person altogether named as suggesting an oldie. A pity, when we've all made such an effort... Ho hum, as I've said before - it's just a bit of fun...

    Very interesting interview with Michael Morpurgo. What a fascinating and talented man! I'll be adding him to my reading list.

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 98. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 26 Nov 2012 19:00

    Well done for the menshes tonight. Only heard part of the show as the good step son is here and much chatting and feeding was had.

    21st December sounds like a plan and I think my festive name was Sherry Trifle last year. When will we change our names?

    Won't see you tomorrow for a choon chase as I'm out in the field all day. Darn this pesky work nonense;(

    Have nice evenings one and all and *waves* hello Mrs Boris!!

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  • Comment number 97. Posted by Sunnyside up Sal

    on 26 Nov 2012 18:42

    Is it going to be another 'tickled' moment?

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